September 2017

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We are now in the process of making furniture selections and ordering furnishings.  As we mentioned in our Sweet Dreams article, the need for shelter for homeless women and children (the primary focus of this expansion) continues to increase.  The flood of 2016 wiped out so much permanent, affordable housing, and we know it will be years before that housing is replaced.  That means that this need will continue for many years.  

As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, we need to replace the roof on the 1997 part of this facility with a new one.  An anonymous donor has given us a $50,000 challenge grant, which will help us to raise the $100,000 needed to replace this roof.  For every contribution given toward this roof replacement, the anonymous donor will match it dollar-for-dollar up to $50,000, which will help us to cover the entire roofing cost.  This is critical to us as we work diligently to serve the homeless.  

In addition to the financial support we need to make this project a reality, any individual or group that would like to collect some of the items we’ll need once we open this new facility (towels, linens, draperies, etc.) can contact St. Vincent de Paul by sending an email to macaldo@svdpbr.com or by calling us at (225) 383-7837, extension O.  Please continue to keep this effort in your thoughts and prayers.